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Author Interview

Today I welcome Wanda DeHaven Pyle author of “The Stone House Legacy“.

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I grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas and my recollections of life on the tallgrass prairie have influenced my writing. A life-long educator, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology and A Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership.

A frequent writer of stories as a child, I always thought that one day I would grow up to become a writer. My work explores the untold stories of past generations and the impact they have on those who follow. I currently have three books out on Amazon and another in the works.

I live in Claremont, California with my husband and spend my time writing, traveling and volunteering my time in support of at-risk children. I am the author of two blog pages where I support the work of other indie authors and record the inspirations, reflections and insights gleaned through my writing.

https://drwandapyle.blogspot.com

https://wandadehavenpyle.wordpress.com/

http://amazon.com/author/wandapyle

You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter:

https://twitter.com/pyle_wanda

https://www.facebook.com/wandadehavenpyle

  • When did you start writing?

I have been writing all my life.  However, for the past 40 years, most of my writing has been focused on professional issues in education.  I have finally been able to pursue by goal of writing fiction in recent years.

  • What motivated you to start writing?

It was more an innate desire. I felt compelled to do it. I felt that I had too much to say not to put it in writing.

  • What is your favorite book and what is your favorite author? Why?

There are so many! My favorite authors are those whose writing focuses more on themes than on plot. They  include interesting, complex, three-dimensional characters whose inner story drives the plot.  The language is lyrical and it often poetic in nature.

  • Where did you find inspiration for your stories?

I draw most of my stories from personal experience set against a backdrop of social and political change.

  • Are your stories based on someone you know or on events you have experienced?

Both

  • When I’m writing I need silence. So how about you? Do you like to hear music while you are working?

I don’t mind a little background noise. I can usually tune out distractions.

  • How many books have you written?

Three

  • What can you tell us about your next project?

I am currently working on the last book in my legacy trilogy.  It will take place mostly in Los Angeles in the 1980s against a backdrop of greed and graft in the music industry.

About your book… The Stone House Legacy

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00STTDKEM

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What is your book about?

For nearly a century the old stone house has kept its secrets hidden deep in the limestone hills of central Indiana. But when a charismatic young minister embarks on a controversial mission to develop the site as a retreat for ecumenical thought, there are forces working against him that cast a dark shadow over his plans.

Set in the birthplace of the John Birch Society during the turbulent years of the early 1960’s, The Stone House Legacy, reveals mankind’s stubborn inclination to repeat the mistakes of past generations. It is a fast-moving tale of youthful idealism in conflict with mid-western isolationism against a backdrop of fear and greed.

Can you tell us something about the main character or characters?

Reverend Simon Kingsley is an idealistic young minister filled with dreams of a new world order. When he returns from observing the proceedings of Vatican II in Rome with radical new ideas concerning long-held religious beliefs, he runs headlong into the fear, distrust, and hatred that runs rampant through society.

Would you like to send a message to the readers?

The Stone House Legacy is an evocative look at the early days of the Civil Rights movement through a fictional narrative sure to stir emotions. Each reader will react differently to the characters based on personal reminisces of these tumultuous times.

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Wh some relationships last longer than others?

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Why some relationships last longer than others?

Hearing people complaining about their relationship, made me think why some marriages are successful and others fail.

People, idealize too much and forget to live the reality. They blame their partner for their own frustrations.  They are more concerned in making money, or who earn more, then to spent time with each other. They forget that love can be bought and that they are in a relationship, not in a competition.  Relationship is about love and mutual respect.

Quoting Antoine De Saint Exupery,

“You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.”

We’re responsible for whom we have captivate and for keeping the love, the pleasure of being together alive. We’re responsible for making each other happy and for making it work out. And most people forget their own responsibility and blame the other part of not working out as they wanted.

It’s not easy to live with someone, to share the same space. You have to deal with a lot of things that you may not be prepared to.

You can pick up an argument over simple things. For example, she is organized and he isn’t. She or he got mad at him or her if he leaves a mess after showering or a trail of clothes around the house.

Then, there will be days that one will be in terrible mood, nothing and probably want to punch who or what is front of them. You will have to be smart to not get into a fight.

                      “When one does not want, two will not fight.”

It’s something, my husband and I use to say. It’s translated from our mother tongue, Portuguese. “Quando um não quer, dois não brigam.”

You have to work together, to support and help each other because life will give you a new challenge every day, and most of the time; you can’t just put it aside saying “I will deal with it tomorrow.”

Believe me, if you face all challenges together, not only will make it easier but will also strengthen the bonds between you.

Knowing each other

It is very important to know what you and your partner expect and are looking for in a relationship.  To know what your dreams and desires are.

Respect the differences

  You don’t have to agree with everything your partner says or does. We have different opinions about a lot of things, and it’s normal.  Feel free to agree or disagree, but respect and accept the differences.

Communication

One of the big problems in a relationship is communication. People don’t talk to each other. If asked, they will assure you that they talk, and talk a lot, but they don’t.

Communication is not only talk about your day at work, or about what is going on in the world, or about the new dress or shoe you have bought. You should be able to talk about your feelings, your frustrations and your needs and why not about your fantasies.  You should be able to discuss if something is bothering you in this relationship without being afraid.

Until today we don’t have the power o reading minds, we need to talk to express ourselves.  If you don’t tell how you feel your partner will never know. He or she can have an idea of how you feel, but will never know the depth of it.

Be a good listener

Understand what your partner is saying .Don’t interrupt when he or she is talking to you. Listen to what he or she is saying without spending time thinking about how you will respond, or which advice you will give. Sometimes we just need a warm ear.

Apologies

Don’t be ashamed or feel inferior in admitting that you were wrong. We all make mistakes. After all we’re not perfect.

There is no magical formula, but doing simple things will help. It is very important never forget what brought you together at first place. What made you decided to be together. What made you say that he or she was the one.  Be nice at each other.  Cherish each moment you are together. Appreciate and express your admiration for each other. Say how much you love him or her every day. Make him or her feel very special.

 

 

©Marcia Weber Martins

 

Author Interview

Today I welcome Wanda DeHaven Pyle, author of “The Stone House Legacy”.

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Hi Wanda, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us about yourself and your background.

 

I grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas and my recollections of life on the tallgrass prairie have influenced my writing. A life-long educator, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology and A Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership.

A frequent writer of stories as a child, I always thought that one day I would grow up to become a writer. My work explores the untold stories of past generations and the impact they have on those who follow. I currently have three books out on Amazon and another in the works.

I live in Claremont, California with my husband and spend my time writing, traveling and volunteering my time in support of at-risk children. I am the author of two blog pages where I support the work of other indie authors and record the inspirations, reflections and insights gleaned through my writing.

https://drwandapyle.blogspot.com

https://wandadehavenpyle.wordpress.com/

http://amazon.com/author/wandapyle

You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter:

https://twitter.com/pyle_wanda

https://www.facebook.com/wandadehavenpyle

  • When did you start writing?

I have been writing all my life.  However, for the past 40 years, most of my writing has been focused on professional issues in education.  I have finally been able to pursue by goal of writing fiction in recent years.

  • What motivated you to start writing?

It was more an innate desire. I felt compelled to do it. I felt that I had too much to say not to put it in writing.

  • What is your favorite book and what is your favorite author? Why?

There are so many! My favorite authors are those whose writing focuses more on themes than on plot. They  include interesting, complex, three-dimensional characters whose inner story drives the plot.  The language is lyrical and it often poetic in nature.

  • Where did you find inspiration for your stories?

I draw most of my stories from personal experience set against a backdrop of social and political change.

  • Are your stories based on someone you know or on events you have experienced?

Both

  • When I’m writing I need silence. So how about you? Do you like to hear music while you are working?

I don’t mind a little background noise. I can usually tune out distractions.

  • How many books have you written?

Three

  • What can you tell us about your next project?

I am currently working on the last book in my legacy trilogy.  It will take place mostly in Los Angeles in the 1980s against a backdrop of greed and graft in the music industry.

 

About your book… The Stone House Legacy

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00STTDKEM

 

What is your book about?

For nearly a century the old stone house has kept its secrets hidden deep in the limestone hills of central Indiana. But when a charismatic young minister embarks on a controversial mission to develop the site as a retreat for ecumenical thought, there are forces working against him that cast a dark shadow over his plans.

Set in the birthplace of the John Birch Society during the turbulent years of the early 1960’s, The Stone House Legacy, reveals mankind’s stubborn inclination to repeat the mistakes of past generations. It is a fast-moving tale of youthful idealism in conflict with mid-western isolationism against a backdrop of fear and greed.

Can you tell us something about the main character or characters?

Reverend Simon Kingsley is an idealistic young minister filled with dreams of a new world order. When he returns from observing the proceedings of Vatican II in Rome with radical new ideas concerning long-held religious beliefs, he runs headlong into the fear, distrust, and hatred that runs rampant through society.

Would you like to send a message to the readers?

The Stone House Legacy is an evocative look at the early days of the Civil Rights movement through a fictional narrative sure to stir emotions. Each reader will react differently to the characters based on personal reminisces of these tumultuous times.
 

Interview with Marcia Weber Martins

Wanda DeHaven Pyle, Author

This month I am pleased to welcome romance author, Marcia Weber Martins for my guest interview. A review of her book Perfect Match was featured earlier this month.

  • Hello, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I was born in Petropolis, Brazil. I graduated in physiotherapy from the Catholic University of Petropolis. In 1983 participated in the Anthology “Our Poets II” with the poem “If I could” and in 1986 in the anthology “Brazilian Poets” with the poem “On any given day.” In 2005 I moved to Germany and wrote Perfect Match.

  • Tell us about your newest book.

Perfect Match is a modern love story, which shows not only the romantic side of love, but  what can happen when you get involved with the wrong person.  It is also an example of family bonds and how hard is to overcome…

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Author Interview

Today I welcome Kasey Riley of “Desperate Endurance”, “August Fire” and “The Skeleton Trail”

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With over twenty years of horse ownership and Endurance riding to her credit, Kasey Riley (Kim) brings a wealth of knowledge to her novels. Her love of the trail, outdoors, and rural living give color and vibrancy to her books. This realism has drawn many readers to her novels. She strives to make readers see through the eyes of her characters and imagine themselves enmeshed in the plot.

Her first two novels are mysteries with romances building around them and the third is a romance, which uses suspense to draw the couple together as they strive to stay alive. She plans on each book being a stand-alone novel that can be read in any sequence without the reader missing details of the story. Her current work in progress comes from a discussion between Kasey and her husband, Jeff, in one of the several drives between Oklahoma and their new home in Tennessee. Tossing around an idea about a young woman who keeps being involved in mysterious violence. Then coming up with an idea as to why she’s involved and solving the situation kept them occupied for many miles. Kasey’s mind sees every news article as a possible story plot for her characters.

When not writing or riding, she enjoys reading a wide variety of genre novels and sounding out new plots on her husband of 40+ years. Together, they moved two horses, four dogs, two cats and all their assorted belongings from SE Oklahoma to Central Tennessee in 2016. Now able to ride out the back door, Kasey finds less time to write, but has many viable ideas to work from. Soon she will have “Do Not Assume” completed and be able to get back to the young adult work in progress she set aside when the mystery of Do Not Assume kept distracting her.

Since the horrible forest fires in the Gatlinburg, TN area in November, Kasey has committed all of her royalties to the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund to aid the hundreds of victims who have lost everything in the wake of the fires. Details can be found on her website:

www.kaseyriley.com Even those who choose to use their Kindle Unlimited accounts to read her works will help this effort since the royalties all are paid to the Foundation for 2017.

When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing in one form or another for years. Essays, monthly newsletters, and short stories have been submitted and even won contests since my early 20’s. I finally got the chance to really sit down and write after we sold our online catalog back in 2012. My first novel, Desperate Endurance was published in 2013.

What motivated you to start writing?

I got serious about writing after becoming very irritated at another author who completely misrepresented my sport of Endurance Horse Riding/Racing. I knew I could do better and show readers the true nature of the sport. So I did.

What is your favorite book and what is your favorite author?   

I read one or two books a week…favorite??? Seriously? I enjoy books which tend to be somewhat romantic, simple, mysterious or suspenseful. I dislike books with extreme angst or blood (unless it’s fantasy battles and blood). Life is too short and far too serious for me to spend my down time reading about the stuff I can see on the news.  I enjoy authors who have great imaginations and can carry off a good story with respect for their readers. Authors who don’t edit or proof are disrespecting their readers in a huge way in my book. If an author doesn’t respect themselves and their readers enough to present a well written tale…why should I waste my time reading it?

Where did you find inspiration for your stories? 

I think my favorite phrase is “what if” because I must pose that question to myself a dozen times a day. I can watch an Ancestry commercial and find a plot or a news item or be riding in the woods and pose it about how a tree got crooked. Skeleton Trail is a prime example of this. I was riding and came across a huge tree which had been blown over and the root ball left a huge hole in the ground…”what if” a body was buried there? Would it ever be found? And that began the book.

Are your stories based on someone you know or on events you have experienced?

Not really, but August Fire uses many experiences and stories told to me over 40 years as an adult. I used tales from one friend of how she used to rescue animals in the Canyons of Southern California when fires threatened them, I also used laughable stories of food poisoning, losing pants (that came from a boss I once had who has since passed – he really did misplace his pants once), then I added other ideas of small towns and how they help each other in good times and bad. Add to that an arsonist, a dog and a romance and you have August Fire. My other books reflect my knowledge of horses, endurance and small towns but the stories are pure fiction.

When I’m writing I need silence. So how about you?

Funny you should ask. As I sit here the speakers in this room are serenading me with country music…even though I’ve taken this room off the “group” at least twice. I prefer silence but since my office is now in the house instead of away from it, I no longer have the ability to have the silence I prefer. Life is like that; you don’t always get what you want; so you learn to work with what you have.

How many books have you written?

I have three books out under my main pen name of Kasey Riley and one out under a different name because it is so far different from the first in writing style and genre. I had a friend who was upset when I rewrote my first and removed some racy scenes…so I wrote Carlene’s Discovery for her. It is as close to erotica as I can get since I’m not comfortable with some of the language in that genre.

What can you tell us about your next project? 

Moving has messed up some of my priorities. I was working on a YA work, a horse and girl adventure when we began selling and moving. During the long drives, I came up with a mystery by bouncing thoughts off my husband. Once we settled, I tried to get back to the YA and the mystery just wouldn’t let me. So Do Not Assume is my current “work in progress”. I’ve finished the manuscript, I’ve completed one rewrite and I’m polishing up the final. If I get no interest from publishers, I expect to self-publish in March.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIE630Y  is my first book

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010R87EL2  is my most recent book, less horses, more romance.

 

What is your book about?

Desperate Endurance is about a woman who is traveling alone with two horses when she witnesses a murder in a deserted rest area. The victim is able to speak to her before passing and asks her to help his son. She spends the remainder of the book keeping ahead of the bad guys, helping the rancher son of the victim and falling for him while they try to figure who was responsible for killing his father. It involves traveling, racing across country, escaping kidnap attempts and her final race to the safety of his arms with the villain hot on her tail.   

August Fire is a prickly romance wrapped around small town living and an arsonist who is bent on destroying Stephanie and Doyle because they saw his face. A surprising character is Doyle’s dog Catcher which he rescued on his way to his new life in Riverview. Many of the encounters between Stephanie and Doyle are smile-inducing and the dog is completely canine and loveable.

Both of these books were fun to write and I hope readers enjoy the characters – both animal and human.  

Can you tell us something about the main character or characters?

I have a thing about my characters…they may not always make the smartest decisions, but they are believable (at least I think they are). My female leads are strong and smart enough to know when to be weak. My men are honest and true, men not afraid to step forward and lend a hand.  Life will present you with enough confusion, I like my people to be what they seem.

Would you like to send a message to the readers?

Yes. As much as I love my readers and I truly do but I must admit I write first for me – because I need to write. I write the stories which force themselves out of me. The characters who develop in my books do so at their leisure. I just hit the keys to bring them to the page. The plots form from news or ads or woodland features and sometimes from thin air; I never know where they will come from next. I think Do Not Assume will be the first in an actual series, because there are so very many things involved and the ending is distinct, but not totally an ending to the story.  

 

 

Author Interview

 

Today I welcome  Carol Cooper author of “Hampstead Fever”.

 

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Hi Carol, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us about yourself and your background.

I’m a British doctor, journalist and author. I write on health for The Sun newspaper, broadcasts on TV and radio, and have a string of non-fiction books to my name including an award-winning textbook of medicine. I also write novels, my latest being Hampstead Fever, a contemporary tale of urban life. I practice part-time as a family doctor in London and teaches medical students.

Blog: Pills & Pillow-Talk http://pillsandpillowtalk.com

Facebook page: Carol Cooper’s London Novels https://www.facebook.com/onenightatthejacaranda/

Twitter: @DrCarolCooper

 

  • When did you start writing?

I was a very truthful child, but from a young age I loved writing stories. One of my tales was about a witch who died as a result of smoking in bed. Looking back, I have always had a hankering to write a novel. It took me a while to do it because I detoured via non-fiction and journalism.

  • What motivated you to start writing?

I started to write a novel while I was still at university, but it didn’t go anywhere as I was just a sponge then, soaking up other people’s ideas. I had few original ideas of my own, and no real experience of life. After practicing medicine for a couple of decades and raising a family, I realized that I did actually have something to say that could make a novel. Or two or more…

  • What is your favorite book and what is your favorite author? Why?

I think my favorite book, or at least one of my favorites, is still Mary McCarthy’s The Group. It follows the lives of a group of friends, all recent graduates, as they make their way in the world, and I love the way the story unfolds covering all the different strands.

  • Where did you find inspiration for your stories?

Inspiration is all around once you stop and listen. I love overhearing people talk on the bus or in the street, and of course I’m hugely inspired by the patients I see. Ill health can bring out the best in people, as well as the worst.

 

  • Are your stories based on someone you know or on events you have experienced?

I’d never put a real person into a book, especially not a patient, but I do use snippets of events I’ve experienced.

 

  • When I’m writing I need silence. So how about you? Do you like to hear music while you are working?

It’s funny you should ask that, because my habits have definitely changed in the last couple of years. I used to like having music on while writing, but now I need complete silence. It feels like sensory overload if there’s too much going on.

 

  • How many books have you written?

About 14 non-fiction books, most of them books on parenting and child health – they were inspired by raising three sons as well as being a family doctor looking after babies and children.  I’ve also got two novels to my name. One Night at the Jacaranda came out in 2013, and Hampstead Fever followed last summer.

 

  • What can you tell us about your next project?

I’m actually working on two more novels. One will feature many of the same characters as Hampstead Fever. The other one will be a novel set mostly in Egypt, where I grew up, so it will be rather different from my stories about dating in London.

 

About your book… here is the blurb:

It is high summer in London and trouble is brewing.

Chef Dan should be blissfully happy. He has the woman of his dreams and a job in a trendy Hampstead bistro. But his over-anxious partner, engrossed in their baby, has no time for him.

Stressed doctor Geoff finds solace in the arms of a mercurial actress. Journalist Harriet’s long-term relationship with Sanjay hits the buffers, leaving each of them with serious questions to answer. Meanwhile single mother of four Karen lacks the appetite for a suitable relationship.

Passion and panic rise in the heatwave. Who can spot the danger signs?

 

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Available in bookstores and online through Amazon and other retailers.

Amazon link http://mybook.to/HF

What is your book about?

Hampstead Fever is a story of six people as their emotions rise one hot summer, and their lives intertwine and get complicated. It’s set in Hampstead, a picturesque and aspirational part of London that suits each character perfectly, though for different reasons.

Can you tell us something about the main character or characters?

It’s a multi-stranded story with several main characters. There’s Laure, an over-anxious new mother of 40, and her partner Dan, who’s making his way up in the world after wrongful imprisonment. Then there’s Geoff, a stressed doctor and a single parent, as well as a struggling freelance journalist called Harriet, and Sanjay, a charity worker who can’t quite come to terms with surviving a serious illness. Finally newly single Karen misses the intimacy of married life, but, with four children at home, finds she only has the energy for an unsuitable relationship.

 

Would you like to send a message to the readers?

Sassy and classy, Hampstead Fever embraces multicultural London. It’s a story of adultery, illness, breakups and reunions. If you like Nick Hornby’s novels, or enjoy films like Notting Hill and Love, Actually, then Hampstead Fever is for you.

 

 

Christmas Wishes

Pills & Pillow-Talk

You’re all busy, especially this time of year, so this will be short. Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, I send you my best wishes for a wonderful time, hopefully with family, good food, and not too many arguments or hangovers. Here’s to a vintage Christmas, and to a new year that’s an improvement over 2016.

Not that I’m holding my breath.

The Night Before Christmas, 1949 edition

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